Taking care of business

Accounting software takes a byte out of bookkeeping chores

time to enjoy your profits — or lament your losses.

Running the Numbers
With so many software options, choosing the right one can be, well, taxing.
Don’t fret. Here’s a quick look at what each company offers.

Company Product(s) Price Best for
Intuit QuickBooks Basic $179.95;
$99.95 upgrade
New or very small businesses or those moving from a manual accounting system
  QuickBooks Pro $279.95;
$179.95 upgrade
Small businesses
  QuickBooks Premier & Premier Accountant Edition both: $499.95;
$379.95 upgrade
Professionals and accountants who manage the
books of several companies
Peachtree First Accounting 2002 $99.95 Financial software novices
  Peachtree Accounting $169.95;
$139.95 upgrade
Companies that also want e-commerce features
  Complete Accounting $269.95;
$199.95 upgrade
Companies looking for a more robust accounting solution
  Complete Accounting
Multi-user
$599.95;
$499.95 upgrade
Businesses that need to bill by the hour and manage fixed assets
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